Arts activist and philanthropist speaks at NAU

Elizabeth A. Sackler

For more than a quarter century, arts activist and philanthropist Elizabeth A. Sackler has influenced the national and international worlds of art, collecting and museum practices. Sackler will share her experiences in an upcoming presentation, “A Museum’s Work: Art, Acquisitions and Accords,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the Cline Library Assembly Hall.

In 1992, Sackler founded the American Indian Ritual Object Repatriation Foundation, whose mission has been to assist in the repatriation of ceremonial objects and to educate the public on the distinction between art that is appropriate for sale and those items needed for spiritual practices of living cultures.

The presentation is part of the Cline Lecture Series, “Museums and the Modern World: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities.” The series focuses on museum issues to introduce the NAU Museum Studies certificate program that will begin in the fall.

In 2002, Sackler bought Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party,” an iconic installation of feminist art, which represents 1,038 women in history, for the Brooklyn Museum. Five years later, the installation became the centerpiece of the museum’s new Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For information, call (928) 523-6203.